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Legoland, Tampa Electric celebrate Earth Day with plans for $5M solar canopy

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Tampa Electric Co. and Legoland Florida marked Earth Day by announcing the utility company plans to build a $5 million solar canopy in the Lakeland theme park.

The canopy will generate nearly 2 megawatts of power – enough to power more than 250 homes annually – for Tampa Electric’s 725,000 customers, including Legoland. The project will also double as a shade for more than 600 cars in the attraction’s parking lot.

The solar array, which will be owned and maintained by Tampa Electric, is one of many Earth-friendly projects taken on by Legoland, including another 30-killowatt solar panel grid atop the park’s Imagination Zone.

Among the other initiatives are a pair of electric car charging stations at the resort’s hotel, a Lego brick recycling program, and soap donations to Clean the World, a Florida nonprofit group that distributes recycled hygiene products from the hotel industry to homeless shelters and developing countries.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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